Fun Home, an exciting new musical about growing up as gay in small-town America, has received a string of five-star reviews from critics following its opening night at the Young Vic.
The joyful, compassionate and bittersweet show, which is supported by Bruno Wang Productions, has transferred from Broadway where it won numerous awards – most notably five Tonys in 2015, including Best Musical.
Now critics in London are joining in the praise, with Tim Bano in The Stage extolling the performance as a “staggering work of art”. Paul Taylor, writing in the Independent, called it a “groundbreaking masterpiece”, while Dominic Cavendish in the Telegraph was enchanted by “a quirky, haunting, heartbreaking coming-of-age tale”.
Elsewhere, WhatsOnStage calls Fun Home “funny, true and touching”, while LondonTheatre.co.uk describes it as “a show of aching, heartfelt tenderness, daring and caring”.
The story is based on Fun Home, a graphic novel written by Alison Bechdel, which tells of her childhood in a funeral home, discovering her own sexuality, her relationship with her closeted gay father and her attempts to unlock the mysteries surrounding his life. It was the first Broadway musical with a lesbian protagonist when it was staged in 2015, as well as the first time a graphic novel had been turned into a musical.
However, Fun Home isn’t just a story about coming out or coming of age; it explores how we never fully know even those closest to us, and the undercurrent of grown-up secrets, often sensed by children, that exists to some degree in every family.
Fun Home runs until September 1 at the Young Vic.